|City of license||San Diego, California|
|Broadcast area||San Diego, California|
|Branding||XTRA Sports 1360|
|Slogan||"San Diego's Sports Talk Station."|
|First air date||
July 14th, 1922 (as KFBC)
|Power||5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
|Callsign meaning||K Liberal San Diego (refers to previous progressive talk format.)|
|Former callsigns||KPOP (1986-2004)
|Affiliations||Fox Sports Radio|
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Sister stations||KGB, KHTS, KIOZ, KMYI, KOGO, KSSX|
KLSD broadcasts the Los Angeles Lakers basketball, San Diego State University Baseball and San Diego Chargers football, in conjunction with official flagship, co-owned KIOZ. KLSD also broadcasts college and pro football games from Sports USA Radio Network.
The station broadcasts at 5,000 watts day; 1,000 watts night, sharing a tower with KGB-FM and KHTS-FM in the East San Diego area. The station's studios are located in San Diego's Kearny Mesa neighborhood on the northeast side.
- 1922 July: W.K. Azbill was issued a license and the callsign KFBC; he operated at 10 watts on 833.3 kilocycles.
- 1927: This license was assigned to Dr. Arthur Wells Yale.
- 1928: Pickwick Broadcasting Corporation bought the station and made George Bowles vice president and manager of the station and changed its callsign to KGB to follow his name.
- 1931: Don Lee, Inc bought KGB
- 1934: Don Lee died and the license went to his son Thomas Lee, and was managed by Marion R. Harris.
- 1942: The station began operating at 1360 kilohertz
- 1949: KGB was operating at 1000 watts. Don Lee, Inc was merged with Mutual Broadcasting Company.
- 1954: The station was sold to Marion R. Harris.
- 1958: KGB's studios moved from the Pickwick Hotel to 4141 Pacific Highway, and the transmitter moved to 52nd Street and Kalmia. Power was increased at the new transmitter site to 5 kilowatts day 1 kilowatt night.
KLSD is San Diego's oldest licensed radio station, having marked its 85th anniversary in 2007.
The AM station now known as KLSD began as KFBC on July 14, 1922, broadcasting on 833.3 kHz and sharing the time with eight other San Diego radio stations. As the AM band became standardized across the country, the station soon moved to 1210 kHz.
The call sign was changed to KGB in 1928, and the frequency moved to its present 1360 kHz in 1942. In 1928, the Soviet intelligence and internal security service was still known as the OGPU and would not become the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti until 26 years later, in 1954.
In the 1960s KGB was an important player in the San Diego AM Top 40 race, being one of the first markets for the Boss Radio format. In the 1970s, with its FM sister station KGB-FM, KGB became an early adopter and pioneer of what is now called the album oriented rock format. KGB-FM still plays classic rock on 101.5 MHz. The AM side of KGB returned to the top 40 format for a few years in the late 70s under the moniker "13K", with a good amount of success.
The station became a progressive talker under the call sign KLSD (K Liberal San Diego) in August 2004. Most of the programming came from Air America Radio. KLSD also aired the Ed Schultz show from Jones Radio Network and Mike Malloy from Nova M Radio. Local programming included the morning show, Stacy Taylor (last heard on San Diego 1700 AM) and the nationally syndicated Air America host Jon Elliott. Its logo during this period was similar to that of sister station KABQ in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
When it became known that KLSD was going to change format from Liberal Talk to Sports Talk, listeners organized and held rallies to attempt to persuade Clear Channel to keep the format. Station officials at first denied the rumor. A documentary titled Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio is being made about the effort and is scheduled for release on April 28, 2012.
The liberal talk format gave way to the current all-sports programming in November 2007; the call sign KLSD was not changed.
In August 2005, 1360's owners applied to the FCC to increase power to 50,000 watts day and night, sharing the six-tower KSDO array in Santee (Clear Channel Communications owns the broadcast site for KSDO). However, Clear Channel decided against the move, and 1360 still broadcasts at 5,000 watts day, 1,000 watts night.
XTRA Sports 1360
In August 2007, format change rumbles had started in the market and reported by SDRadio.net. This stated that KLSD would soon adopt an all-sports format, possibly called "XTRA Sports." (The format and tagline was used by AM690 for many years.)
About October 22, the station started (possibly accidentally) slipping in station identifications for the name "KHTS HD-3," to which the Air America content was rumored to be moving. Jon Elliot had also mentioned "93.3 HD-3" as a possible new home for the Air America and similar programs. This is an HD Radio channel. KHTS-FM (93.3 MHz) is also owned by Clear Channel Communications.
KLSD changed programming on Monday November 12, 2007 to sports talk and is known as XTRA Sports 1360. The first local live program, which aired at 3 p.m., was Lee Hacksaw Hamilton. Hamilton left the station in 2008 when his contract was not renewed.
During their first ratings period since the format change to sports, KLSD ratings dropped below the minimum Arbitron standard of 0.3 for Winter 2008. As a comparison, the progressive radio format of KLSD last received a 1.6 for Fall 2007. This was the first time in San Diego's AM1360 history they did not meet the minimum ratings threshold.
- XTRA Sports 1360 official website
- XTRA Sports 1360 on Facebook
- XTRA Sports 1360 on Twitter
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KLSD
- Radio-Locator Information on KLSD
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KLSD
- San Diego Radio History by Alex Cosper
- History of KGB Radio by David Leonard
- "KLSD still makes waves at 85" from North County Times
- "KPOP morphs into KLSD" by Joe Crawford
- San Diego, California antenna sites 2005
- FCC History Cards for KGB